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The integrated pilot programme at PFA takes just two years to complete and the newly qualified pilots will have all the certificates they need to start a career within an airline. The programme requires motivation and dedication, and students are challenged both on their efforts and attitudes from the first day of school to prepare them for a career as a pilot.

Course plan

At the very first day of the pilot programme you will receive a uniform and an iPad which contains the total syllabus. The programme starts off with 8 months of theoretical education in ATPL (A). Then the students will have about 230 flight-and simulator hours before they must pass a skill test conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority. The students will then receive an international pilot certificate (EASA CPL (A) IR ME with frozen ATPL (A)) and are ready to start their career as airline pilots.


During the theoretical training, students will be educated in 13 subjects and sit through 13 exams. The subjects are delivered in three blocks and following each theory block the students will sit for the official exams in the subjects delivered. The first theory block will cover five subjects, while blocks two and three will cover four subjects each.

The theoretical training consists in total of 764 hours, where the majority of the hours will be conducted in a classroom, but students will also experience simulator demonstrations and visits to the hangar and ATC tower.

All instruction is conducted in English by our multi-national theoretical knowledge instructors.

Flight training

Students start flight training in a single-engine Diamond DA40NG, before they advance to a multi-engine Diamond DA42NG-simulator and DA42NG-aircraft. In the last semester, students learn how to operate bigger aircraft in the APS MCC-course (35 hours) in the school’s advanced Boeing 737 simulator.

UPRT (Upset Prevention and Recovery Training) is included as a mandatory part of the pilot training from 2020.

USA Exchange programme

PFA has partnered with a well-established flight academy in Denton, Texas, called US Aviation Academy to provide the first phases of the flight programme.
The big advantage of training in the USA is capacity and weather, allowing regular and continuous flight training which is important in the basic phase of flight training.
The operation in the USA will be under PFA’s ATO (Approvals), standard operating procedures and training standards.

Course starts

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August 10th 2022 – Apply now
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Fall 2023 – Apply now

Read more about our admission test and enrollment procedure here!